Back in the 1980’s, there were no school provided lunches in Switzerland.
To the ringing of the church bells at noon, I would return home for lunch Monday through Friday. But before sitting down to eat, I would disappear in my room to play with my Legos first.
"Dimitri! De Zmittag isch parat!" is a call I remember all too well. "Dimitri, lunch is ready!" My mom, and really all the moms at the time, were superwomen. They stayed home to cook lunch for us and made sure we got back to school in time.
As I reflected on these childhood memories, I remembered all the Swiss foods I used to eat back then: at a friend's house, at my grandparents' on the weekend, or at my mom's kitchen table...
Here are a dozen Swiss foods I remember from my childhood in Switzerland:
Pastetli pastries filled with chicken and a side of carrots and peas
Gehacktes und Hörnli mit Öpfelmues - Macaroni with ground beef and apple sauce
(Photograph copyright Honegger AG/Nicole de Pretto)
Omelettes with sugar - one of my favorites!
Fotzelschnitte - the same as French toast
Chnöpfli, a type of spaetzle pasta
(Photograph copyright Rainer Zenz/Wikimedia Commons)
Nudelauflauf mit Schinken - Noodle pasta casserole with ham
Buchstabensuppe - Clear alphabet letter soup
(Photograph copyright Till Westermayer/Wikimedia Commons)
Chäswähe - Cheese pie
Polenta pizza with tomatoes
Fischstäbli - Fried fish fingers
(Photograph copyright Superbass/Wikimedia Commons)